US DoD Moving Toward Utility Computing

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Your server… or mine?(click to view full) Traditional computer infrastructure setup is fairly straightforward: buy the equipment, set up the data centers, plan for future capacity needs, and add or change systems as required. Applied in another sector, it amounts to: “You want power? Build a local generator.” Efficiency improvements are possible, and the US military has been moving to consolidate its server applications as part of that effort. Some civilian sectors have been there and done that – and are now moving toward a different model of computing as a service or utility. Under that model, those operations are contracted out under an agreement that stipulates certain levels of performance, quality of service, et. al. It requires a different set of skills to manage, shifts risk toward the vendor, and isn’t exactly like the classic utility model because transfer to a different provider is much more difficult and complex. Nonetheless, it does represent a very different approach to addressing I.T. needs. If it works, “utility computing” or “service-based computing” lets I.T. departments add capacity much more quickly, and frees them from the expensive and time-consuming chore of managing servers. Let the vendor who built them do that, goes the […]

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